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Novak Djokovic’s dream of defending his Australian Open title has been burnt to a crisp. The twenty-time grand slam victor has had his visa revoked after two independent panels organised by Tennis Australia granted him a medical exemption.
No-one knows on what criteria Djokovic applied. One possibility is that he recently caught coronavirus, meaning he could prove that he deferred his vaccination in order to enter Australia legally.
But would Djokovic do so? Djokovic had never revealed whether he is vaccinated against Covid-19, but has criticised mandates on numerous occasions. This row would never have happened if Djokovic was jabbed. Even his wife, Jelena, has been accused of sharing conspiracy theories, once posting on Instagram a video by physician Dr Thomas Cowan on how 5G technology transmits the virus, which the social media company labelled as “false information”.
While lawyers contest the decision to ban Novak from entering, a huge political row has erupted between Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Serbian government. President Aleksandar Vučić says the “whole of Serbia” is behind Novak who has suffered “maltreatment” from the boarder force.
Sport and politics: two sides of the same coin.
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